Deirdre Girard

Deirdre Girard

Deirdre Girard, who tells women’s stories, received her Playwriting MFA at Boston University. She has had dozens of one-act plays produced both nationally and internationally; her full-length productions include The Christina Experiment at The Firehouse Center for the Arts and Reconsidering Hanna(h) at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre. Deirdre was named a 2012/13 and returning 2013/14 Playwriting Fellow at New...
Deirdre Girard, who tells women’s stories, received her Playwriting MFA at Boston University. She has had dozens of one-act plays produced both nationally and internationally; her full-length productions include The Christina Experiment at The Firehouse Center for the Arts and Reconsidering Hanna(h) at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre. Deirdre was named a 2012/13 and returning 2013/14 Playwriting Fellow at New Repertory Theater, and was selected for both the Company One Play Labs and Central Square Theater’s TWSS play development programs. She recently completed a commission from Peabody Essex Museum, won QC Theatre’s Susan Glaspell national playwriting award for her one-act play In the Buff, won the 2019 SLAMBoston, and was selected for the 2020 Boston Theatre Marathon and 2020 Barrington Stage’s 10x10 festival. She is a playwriting instructor/mentor for several organizations including Gloucester Stage, Boston University’s Massachusetts Young Playwrights Project, and Northeastern University’s Silver Masque Society, as well as an editor for Stage Source’s New Play Alliance Newsletter.

Plays

  • In This House
    Lunch lady Jessie, “the toughest bitch you’ll ever meet,” is content living in her rough and tumble South Boston neighborhood, working hard to give her daughter Lynn a better life, and helping her best friend Maggie navigate issues with a deadbeat brother and lack of available men. Then a humbling class reunion and her daughter’s imminent departure for college cause her to question what she has accomplished in...
    Lunch lady Jessie, “the toughest bitch you’ll ever meet,” is content living in her rough and tumble South Boston neighborhood, working hard to give her daughter Lynn a better life, and helping her best friend Maggie navigate issues with a deadbeat brother and lack of available men. Then a humbling class reunion and her daughter’s imminent departure for college cause her to question what she has accomplished in life, driving Jessie to expand her world by hosting patients and their families who need treatment at the nearby Mass General Hospital. Tensions build as Jessie pushes aside old relationships and risks losing her beloved home to pursue the volunteer work that not only makes her feel worthwhile, but also brings sweet and sophisticated Lenny into her life. But Jessie is sure love isn’t for people like her, and retreats back into the routine of her blue-collar community— until committing to love becomes a matter of life and death.
  • Are You One of Those Robots?
    10 minutes. Live, Zoom or Radio compatible. Tele-Nurse Ruth is worn out by life, responding by rote to the sometimes desperate callers who need her medical advice, until one call pushes her out of her indifference and into a world she never thought she’d embrace.
  • Possibility
    Nora appears to be in complete control, with a charming husband, great job and lovely daughter. But her life is hanging on by a thread, and her only hope lies in the possibility of regaining the personal power she has been shedding little by little throughout her life.
  • Resettling
    Despite her inclination to fight her demons on her own, Amanda is slowly drawn into the tight family unit of the bombastic Marcie and her charming brother Dave. But both women share a secret they keep from Dave, the secret that brought them together, while hiding much of their own pasts from each other. What begins as friendship among the three, and turns to love between Dave and Amanda, ultimately becomes...
    Despite her inclination to fight her demons on her own, Amanda is slowly drawn into the tight family unit of the bombastic Marcie and her charming brother Dave. But both women share a secret they keep from Dave, the secret that brought them together, while hiding much of their own pasts from each other. What begins as friendship among the three, and turns to love between Dave and Amanda, ultimately becomes explosive as their lies are stripped away. Resettling is a drama about the complexity of relationships and the human soul, about the families we form and reform to survive, and about moving forward when that seems impossible.

  • Dollar for Dollar
    Rachael isn’t speaking to her best friend, and her foster mother (while amusing) is severely challenged in the role model department. Both of which leave Rachael feeling profoundly lonely and isolated as she deals with the most devastating problem of her troubled life. Only in her books and her imagination does she find the comfort and strength to reconnect with her community, speak up, and finally reclaim her dignity.
  • Shaken
    Beth’s been living under an assumed name in rural Vermont after fleeing Boston eight years earlier in the wake of her imminent arrest for a horrific crime. But when her half sister Jasmine unexpectedly shows up armed with a law degree and breakthrough medical research, the two women begin a journey that explores the nature of justice and truth in a biased world— a journey that will change their relationship forever.
  • Little Jewel
    Ashley has recently returned to the Boston housing project where she was born. Her old friend, and now boyfriend, Jake is thrilled that she’s back from the upscale foster home she’d been living in, even though it means she had to give up her dream of going to Berklee college of music. He takes her to his favorite place, a dilapidated and abandoned underground music hall, where the play unfolds. Here Ashley...
    Ashley has recently returned to the Boston housing project where she was born. Her old friend, and now boyfriend, Jake is thrilled that she’s back from the upscale foster home she’d been living in, even though it means she had to give up her dream of going to Berklee college of music. He takes her to his favorite place, a dilapidated and abandoned underground music hall, where the play unfolds. Here Ashley slowly regains her confidence, and begins to sing again, while Jake and his cousin Chuck move illegal cargo in and out of the building. In this sacred space, secrets emerge—why Ashley is running away from her foster family, why she stopped singing, and what exactly is in the boxes Jake and Chuck are moving. The answers converge in an explosive ending that may destroy them all. This play is inspired by the actual Steinert hall in Boston—by the idea that no matter how much we may want to bring a historic building back to life or see a young adult reach their potential, sometimes that can’t happen. But there is still inherent life, beauty and nobility. Little Jewel is a fast paced gritty drama focused on issues of economic disparity, and infused with love, betrayal, mystery, and jazz.
  • Duplex
    Amelia has just been through a nasty divorce and ended up with her luxury condo in Boston and the Duplex she and her husband rented out in the gritty, fading mill town of Haverhill. She has absolutely no idea how to be a landlord, but is called out in the middle of the night after her tenant Cynthiana’s dog Tammy (also known as Tam Tam) is killed by a coyote. Slowly, the sophisticated but vulnerable Amelia is...
    Amelia has just been through a nasty divorce and ended up with her luxury condo in Boston and the Duplex she and her husband rented out in the gritty, fading mill town of Haverhill. She has absolutely no idea how to be a landlord, but is called out in the middle of the night after her tenant Cynthiana’s dog Tammy (also known as Tam Tam) is killed by a coyote. Slowly, the sophisticated but vulnerable Amelia is drawn into the blue collar world of her tenants— quirky Cynthiana with her baffling sense of entitlement and the mysterious and charming Kyle. The unlikeliest of friendships develop, along with a brutal betrayal and surprising notes of grace. Duplex is a comedy with edge-- it takes on economic disparity and predators of all kinds— the ones we can live with and the ones we can’t.
  • Reconsidering Hanna(h)
    Hanna, a brutally blunt international journalist, is struggling to come to terms with her husband’s violent death. After accepting a seemingly tame assignment, she becomes increasingly obsessed with uncovering the history of another Hannah: the infamous Hannah Dustin who was kidnapped by a Native American raiding party in 1697. Soon the individual stories of the two Hanna(h)s begin to merge into one portrait...
    Hanna, a brutally blunt international journalist, is struggling to come to terms with her husband’s violent death. After accepting a seemingly tame assignment, she becomes increasingly obsessed with uncovering the history of another Hannah: the infamous Hannah Dustin who was kidnapped by a Native American raiding party in 1697. Soon the individual stories of the two Hanna(h)s begin to merge into one portrait of a smart woman, torn from the only world she knows, who crosses the line between civilization and savagery. RECONSIDERING HANNA(H) questions the truth of our historical and personal narratives, examines the dormant primitive instincts that can erupt in the hearts of individuals and cultures, and takes us on a journey across the centuries with two unflinching women who desperately seek their own salvation.
  • Widow's Walk
    Maddie, Claire, Marie and Sherry all decide to take a risk in the middle of their lives and open a café together after their friend Phil makes their dream possible far sooner than they thought. It’s a bit of a risk personally and financially, though the only real issues seem to be Claire’s half-imagined rivalry with Maddie for Phil’s affection, and Marie’s refusal to entertain any menu item that might appeal to...
    Maddie, Claire, Marie and Sherry all decide to take a risk in the middle of their lives and open a café together after their friend Phil makes their dream possible far sooner than they thought. It’s a bit of a risk personally and financially, though the only real issues seem to be Claire’s half-imagined rivalry with Maddie for Phil’s affection, and Marie’s refusal to entertain any menu item that might appeal to the loathsome “Foodies.” But soon the secret that brought these women together resurfaces, threatening not only the viability of the Café, but their very freedom. Widow’s Walk examines the complex bonds that tie us to relationships, especially when those bonds are strained by unwelcome insights and desperate circumstances.
  • Turk, Turk, Turk
    10 minute. Bombastic Danny barges over to his new neighbor Michael’s house determined to
    stop Michael’s son from feeding the wild turkeys, because it will only encourage them to encroach further. Michael resists— his son is autistic and loves feeding the birds he considers pets. Only when mild-mannered Michael finally blows up does Danny unwittingly reveal information that can change Michael's life...
  • In the Buff
    10 minute. Claire takes a job cleaning a local mansion in hopes of unlocking a mystery about her mother who once worked there and the father she lost in Afghanistan. With the help of the owner’s son Andy, she learns more about her parents—and herself—than she expected.